Intense’s New 27.5+ Trail Bike, the ACV

Intense Cycles have a new toy coming our way soon. The ACV (Air Cushioned Vehicle) is the first Plus-format bike from the Californian crew, combining big rubber and trail bike numbers.

Claire Butchar and Chris Kovarik riding the Templeton Trail in Sedona, AZ.
Chris Kovarik putting the ACV’s big rubber to good use.

We’ve got high expectations for this bike; we were blown away by the Spider 275C (read our full review here) and we’ve more generally been stoked on the new Plus format too. So we’ve got a feeling that bringing the Spider’s smooth confidence together with 2.8″ rubber is going to be a winning mix.

The Foundation build kit gets SRAM’s NX/GX drivetrain.
Move up to the Pro kit and you’ll score Raceface NEXT cranks, DT wheels and an X01 drivetrain, plus Guide RS brakes.

Intense: “The new ACV ( Air Cushioned Vehicle ) is Intense’s adventure trail bike.  In the US Military, the ACV is a tactical transport vehicle or hovercraft that transitions through various terrain seamlessly. This is where 275+ trail bikes exceed.  The larger volume tires allow the bike to transition from hard pack to loose, rocky, rooty terrain at a much more comfortable pace.”

It seems that the ACV shares a lot of construction similarities with the Spider, including a monocoque carbon frame, Boost rear hub spacing, and adjustable travel (115-130mm). It’s also appears to be single-ring only, which should allow Intense to widen the pivots and make it all very stiff. The ACV will be available in two build kits options, both with a 150mm Pike; a Pro kit for $9499 and a Foundation kit for $6699. Full geometry is below.


We’ll be trying to get one of these guys in our hands once they hit our shores.

Shannigans on and off trail

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